Voices from beyond: Friends and families of the departed seek connection through Jermyn medium [The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa.]
(Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 27--Tara Lee Grossi knew as a child she could see things others could not.
She started having premonitions and seeing people who had died, or "crossed over." Her parents told her it was just her imagination, and for many of her 41 years, the mother of two repressed her skill. It was not until the mid- to late-1990s "when it seemed to keep escalating" that she decided to embrace her abilities as a medium.
"I enjoy really connecting with spirits who crossed over," she said on a recent morning at her business in Dickson City.
A native of Corning, N.Y., Mrs. Grossi moved to Northeast Pennsylvania several years ago as a result of her husband's job. The mother of two young children has a background in event planning and previously worked for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and Mercy Hospital, but now her abilities as a medium keep her so busy she has been able to turn using them into a full-time job.
It is a position that comes with emotional and physical tolls but also joys, particularly in knowing she can help people who are hurting.
"I realized this gift is for healing people," said Mrs. Grossi, who lives in Jermyn.
She started seeing clients a few years ago, adopting the moniker Lady Tara Lee for this profession, and for the past year she has worked with clients in a private room inside Serendipity Salon & Day Spa, 714 Lewis St. There, calming music and scents waft through the air inside the plum-colored walls as she sits quietly and reaches out to spirits who pass information through her to their loved ones.
"I really want them (the clients) to feel comfortable around me, so I try to create an atmosphere that is soothing," she said.
All kinds of people come to Mrs. Grossi for help, and for a range of reasons. While she can talk to clients about the future, her strength is connecting with spirits. She sometimes is able to go into detail about them and their lives, such as what they looked like or their favorite brand of beer.
"A lot of this, it's just the peace and comfort of (clients) knowing their loved one is whole," she said.
Mediums have gained more visibility in recent years thanks to television shows like "Medium," a scripted drama about a woman using her abilities to help police solve crimes, and the reality program "Long Island Medium," which follows a woman with powers like Mrs. Grossi's.
The media exposure has helped going to a medium seem more socially acceptable than it used to be, Mrs. Grossi said. Clients sometimes are afraid to see a medium, she noted, and their gaining courage to see her is the biggest challenge she faces.
"It's very sensitive," said Mrs. Grossi, who has connected with the spirits of some of her own deceased family members. "It's very emotional."
In addition to doing private and group readings, she offers services like meditation nights, spiritual house cleansing and past-life regression. Mrs. Grossi has previously worked with paranormal teams doing investigations, and she hopes to soon start teaching others how to connect with spirits.
"Everybody's born with psychic abilities, so you can hone in and develop it," she said.
Growing up outside of the area has proven to be a benefit for her work since she can enter a reading without any preconceived notions about her clients or, in the case of paranormal investigations, locations. Mrs. Grossi also does not find out why a client has sought her help, and she prefers not to ask "a lot questions because I believe it robs someone of their reading."
Of course, not everyone believes in what she does, and she faces those skeptics from time to time in her chair. And then there are those who view what she does as "demonic."
For a while, Mrs. Grossi struggled with reconciling her gift with her own religious beliefs. In the end, she realized the benefits of what she provides -- the look of healing she sees on clients' faces when they leave her -- outweigh any misconceptions others might have.
"I've learned to kind of balance my faith and my talent, and it's hard when you grow up with a family that's very devout Catholic," Mrs. Grossi said, noting she still receives some backlash about her work.
A lot of the lessons and training she has undergone deal with the Old Testament and prophecy, and she takes precautions when doing readings. She keeps sage on hand and opens each session with a prayer to God because she only wants the highest and best forces present for a reading.
"I don't want the dark," Mrs. Grossi said. "I don't want the demonic in there."
Readings can drain her physically and emotionally since spirits' words, feelings and even tears pass through her. There have been times when her mind would race and her hands and feet would turn ice cold after a day of readings. Mrs. Grossi has had to figure out how to turn her abilities on and off to keep them from affecting the rest of her life.
"You have to learn to be strong, because you can't pull in the emotions or sadness," she said. "You have to learn to kind of purge it quickly."
Working as a medium has been an "amazing journey," Mrs. Grossi said, and she feels blessed to have met the people she has through it. She enjoys knowing she has been able "to bring peace, hope and comfort to people."
"I really see and take such pride in knowing I've helped so many people," she said.
Contact the writer: email@example.com, @cheaneyTTMeet Tara Lee Grossi
Family: Husband, Dave, and children, Ava, 6, and David, 4.
Work: Based in Dickson City, she is a medium known professionally as Lady Tara Lee.
Online: Visit www.lady taralee.com or the Lady Tara Lee page on Facebook for more information.
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